November 3-6 is MSM Friends & Family Weekend!

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Friends and Family weekend is a fun time for the loved ones of our students to experience all that Manhattan School of Music and NYC have to offer.

From classes and lectures to receptions and recitals, we want to showcase the vast and talented community that is MSM. We hope you will join us! See the full schedule below!

For more information please contact the Office of Student Engagement at 917-493-4525 or cwilson@msmnyc.edu.

Friends and Family Weekend Calendar
Annotated Schedule
Event Sign-Up Sheet

PANEL DISCUSSION at Manhattan School of Music on October 25 “Orchestras: Today and Beyond”

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A Featured Event of the 1st Annual Manhattan School of Music / Detroit Symphony Orchestra CONDUCTORS’ PROJECT

A panel discussion on Tuesday Oct 25 at MSM with leaders and members of several US orchestras will look at the orchestral world today, and where things could be heading tomorrow.

During the event – hosted by MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship (CME) and part of the 1st annual Manhattan School of Music / Detroit Symphony Orchestra CONDUCTORS’ PROJECT —  the panelists will share thoughts on the evolving roles and expectations of musicians and administrators working in professional music organizations.

“Over the nearly fifty years I’ve been in the orchestral world, I’ve seen significant changes in the way musicians and administrators approach their jobs,” comments panel participant Detroit Symphony Music Director Leonard Slatkin who is also MSM’s recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist in Conducting and Orchestral Studies.

He’ll be joined by Matthew VanBesien, President of the New York Philharmonic;  Howard Herring, President and CEO of the New World Symphony (MM ’78) and Carl Schiebler, Orchestra Personnel Manager at the New York Philharmonic —  as well as MSM alumni Loretta O’Sullivan (BM ’75, cello),Yoobin Son (PS ’10 OP Flute/AD ’11 Flute) and Colin Williams (’97, trombone).

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MSM Inaugural Benefit Concert MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD on Thursday Oct 13, 2016

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Concert organized by MSM student Adam Goldstein supports suicide prevention and The Jed Foundation

“The idea came to me at the end of first semester last year, when I couldn’t get to sleep,” recalls MSM sophomore Adam Goldstein with a laugh, thinking about the path he’s taken over the past year to help launch and organize Manhattan School of Music’s first benefit concert MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD — that he and MSM hope will become an annual event.

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Adam Goldstein and MSM student volunteers shopping for the concert reception

Ever since the voice major approached MSM faculty and staff about the idea, he’s had full support, starting from the Student Engagement Office to

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Fall 2016 Concert Highlights at Manhattan School of Music

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Here’s a selection of more than a dozen special performances taking place at Manhattan School of Music this Fall

During the academic year at Manhattan School of Music at 122nd and Broadway in New York City, more than 600 concerts showcase the talents of its current students, alumni and faculty members, often performing with visiting conductors, soloists and musicians from around the globe.

Nearly all concerts are free of charge to the public

The jazz, opera, classical music, musical theater performances and master classes take place in four of MSM’s halls and auditoriums: Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly Borden Auditorium), Greenfield Hall, Ades Performance Space and Miller Auditorium.

This season, featured concerts with MSM students will also take place at the performance space National Sawdust in Brooklyn and at Lincoln Center.

Read our full 2016-17 season concert performance calendar here

Listed below  our short-list for the fall. For complete listings and concert details, please read our 2016-17 program online, or drop by MSM to pick up a paper copy at the reception desk. Any changes in programming will appear in our daily updated listing.

See you at MSM!

SEPT 30

MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra: “The Complete Bird With Strings” – a tribute to Charlie Parker’s orchestral recordings

OCT 7-8

MSM Chamber Orchestra at National Sawdust in Brooklyn: “The House Taken Over”; a co-production of MSM and the festival of Aix-en-Provence

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OCT 24-28

The 1st Annual Manhattan School of Music/ Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor’s Project: Leonard Slatkin, distinguished visiting artist in conducting and orchestral studies

OCT 28

MSM Symphony Orchestra: Leonard Slatkin conducting; works by Brahms, Copland and Shostakovich

NOV 9 & 12

MSM Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Choir with the New York Philharmonic: “Daphnis et Chloe” at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

NOV 10

MSM Philharmonia Orchestra: Perry So, Conductor; works by Shostakovich and Mussorgsky

NOV 11

MSM Jazz Orchestra: “Miles Ahead” – a tribute to Miles Davis featuring MSM artist-in-residence Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone

NOV 18 & 20

MSM Opera Theatre “Opera Scenes”: “Desire, Delight and Deception”

DEC 8-11

MSM Opera Theatre: “La Clemenza di Tito” Tickets: $30 adults; $15 seniors and students

Orientation Week 2016 begins at MSM with Move-In Day

Manhattan School of MusicWednesday morning was a busy day at Manhattan School of Music  — hundreds of new MSM students settled into their residences in Andersen Hall during “Move-In Day.”

On hand from 8am to 1pm were dozens of MSM staff, faculty and volunteers — including MSM President James Gandre —  greeting students and families,  helping people unload cars and taxis,  carrying boxes, musical instruments, coffee makers, pillows and other prized personal possessions.

Our official team of volunteers– current MSM students – were easy to spot in their yellow T-shirts created by the volunteer team with the MSM Design Office.

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Manhattan School of MusicMSM President James Gandre helps out on Claremont Avenue 

Students from 37 countries and 31 States

This week Manhattan School of Music is welcoming 455 new students coming from 37 countries and 31 states across the US – all chosen out of 2,700 applicants. We are proud to be a worldwide, international family.

Breaking the numbers down even more, of the 455 arrivals joining us we have:

  • 159 freshmen
  • 15 undergraduate transfers
  • 217 Masters students
  • 48 Professional Studies students
  • 14 new doctoral students
  • 2 Artist Diploma Students

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Move-In day kicks off a busy week: In addition to placement exams and auditions, information sessions and music performances, there are also trips all around the city to Broadway shows, The Bronx Zoo, the Highline, touring the Steinway piano factory, an evening at the classic Apollo Theatre in Harlem and a sunset cruise in the waters around Manhattan.

For a full schedule of the week’s events, please visit our Orientation page.


Everyone at MSM wishes our new students a big welcome!

It’s moving day at MSM!

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Big news at Manhattan School of Music — this week we’re clearing out dozens of administration offices to make way for new practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, teaching studios, and classrooms at 120 Claremont Avenue. Many of our admin staff is moving to office space on the 4th floor of Andersen Hall next door.

Work is also underway to build 28 new practice rooms in Andersen Hall — the space will also include restrooms and a lounge area. AND, in the basement of Andersen Hall, a dividable acting and dance studio is being built to meet the needs of the new Musical Theatre program.

You can follow the progress of the construction in Andersen Hall on an information board located in the student lounge near the security desk where photos are being put up on a time line (photo below).

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